Last night's episode of Mob Wives was very difficult to watch. I recapped with a lump in my throat, but it was amazing to see the people of Staten Island come together and help one another. Instead of brawling and screaming, Karen Gravano, Ramona Rizzo, Big Ang, and Drita D'avanzo collected donations and cooked meals for shelters. Renee Graziano completed rehab and had a break through moment with son AJ. It was the "realest" reality I've seen from a VH1 show ever.
The footage of the wreckage after Sandy is devastating, and the women are reacting to the carnage. The community is pulling together to help their neighbors. A tearful Drita is talking to her daughters while collecting items to donate. It is heartbreaking to see actual reality happening on reality television. Ramona and Karen are going to help their friend whose home was damaged. Ramona realizes how fortunate she is that her house escaped any damage.
Carla goes to check on Ang who is cooking up a storm for Sandy victims. Both Carla and Ang can't believe the destruction that Sandy brought to Staten Island. Both of their homes are okay, but they share stories of friends and relatives who lost everything. Ang reveals that she lost her new salon in the storm, but she doesn't care after seeing how lucky she was compared to others. She's heading up a donation drop-off at the Drunken Monkey. Ang explains that there are so many people willing to help that she had to find a school bus to house all of the items.
Apparently once you go mobster, you never go back. The Mob Wives star just announced her engagement to Joseph “Joe Boy” Sclafani, a currently incarcerated (alleged!) member of the Gambino crime family.
Joseph is waiting out the remainder of his engagement in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, while Ramona plans a 500-guest June wedding – although she doesn't think Joseph will be out of jail in time to attend.
“He didn’t want to begrudge me a wedding,” Ramona gushes. “He said, ‘Even if I can’t be there, have a party. I’ll be there in spirit.’ ” Ramona will be celebrating sans groom in Long Island. No word on where exactly they'll be getting married – perhaps jail – and if Mob Wives will be filming the event ( I just bet they will be!).
Some of our favorite reality TV stars may not have the best fashion sense, but they do love to try. Some of them even headed to New York Fashion Week to take in the shows (and hopefully pick up a few tips). We've rounded up some of the best photos for you.
Guess who got sprung from the big house? Forgive me, I'm not really hip to the prison lingo, so "sprung" probably isn't the technical term. Let's try again. Guess who served his time and has now been released from the penitentiary? Why, it'sLee D'avanzo! The mobster has been serving time for convictions stemming from drug dealing and robbery, but now, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons, Lee was released just weeks ago on January 22.
On this season of Mob Wives, we've seen Drita D'avanzo start to forgive her husband for cheating. She was like a giddy school girl after taking her two daughters to visit their father in jail. While Drita has been guarded with her feelings, she has hinted to wanting to work on her marriage once Lee sees the light of day. Now that he is free, I wonder if he plans to move back in with his family. There is very little information on Lee's release, but RT will keep you posted as we get updates. In the meantime, let us know in the comments section whether you think Drita should get back together with Lee!
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After a Super Bowl hiatus, last night's Mob Wives was one for the history books. The only fighting that occurred happened between some drunken old men at Big Ang's bar, although Renee Graziano wasn't making and friends in her therapy sessions. Carla Facciolo takes Joe's divorce news in a much more civil manner than one would have expected, Karen Gravano gets into the music biz, and Love Majewski has a cameo. The biggest news? Drita D'Avanzo and Ramona Rizzo call a truce for the sake of their daughters. No lady brawls? That has to be a first!
Ramona is planning a special joint birthday for two of her daughters who were born a year and four days apart. She's meeting Ang and Karen for a shopping spree, and she's filling them in on the details of the bash. Her only issue is that one of her girls wants to invite her nemesis Drita's daughter. I'm glad that the girls can get along even if their mothers can't. Ramona wants to get her friends' advice, but she plans on inviting Drita to attend the party as well. Ang can't believe how mature Ramona is being, but Karen thinks she's just asking for trouble.
Renee is still in rehab, and I'm curious as to why all of these people agreed to have their group sessions filmed for the sake of Renee. She commandeers the therapy session talking about her anger issues and her inability to forgive. When another member starts talking about how high school her mentality is, Renee starts going off on the woman for talking behind her back earlier. At one point during her interview, she yells, "Doesn't this woman know who I am?" Yeah. I'd say this is going to be a really long road to self awareness. The therapist calls Renee's behavior irrational, but a smug Renee doesn't want to hear it.
The first-of-it's-kind philanthropic event held last night in NYC had a fundraising goal of $300,000, which will benefit an AIDS charity of choice for 2013. The goal was set to raise awareness surrounding the staggering number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. (an estimated 300,000+).
The couture pieces worn by the reality stars will be auctioned off in weeks following the show to also benefit the 2013 AIDS Charity of Choice.
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New Mob Wives cast member Love Majewski appears relatively tame according to the antics of the original ladies. Of course, every time she opens her mouth, she reminds us that this wasn't always the case. It's a wonder any of Love's exes are still alive, given her penchant for guns, knives, and a little something-something in her cooking.
Of course, it hasn't been all bad for Love. She spent four years in Isreal so she wouldn't have to testify against her ex Ray Merolle in his car theft trial, and she was once Sharon Osbourne's personal make-up artist. That doesn't sound like a violent lady, now does it? Welp, just keep reading…